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This guide outlines a step-by-step participatory process for developing a performance story report in the context of ‘performance story evaluation’ and natural resource management, but can be used for monitoring and in other contexts.
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This blog by Jo Hall and Patricia Rogers provides an update on the Global Partnership for Better Monitoring project. Earlier this year, we published a blog asking for your input into a project to improve our collective understanding and practice of the monitoring function. This project (the Global Partnership for Better Monitoring, or, 'BetterMonitoring'), is being run in partnership with UNICEF and others and is now approaching the close of Phase 1.

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This Evaluation Practice Exchange Seminar was organized by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) in cooperation with the Footprint Evaluation project of BetterEvaluation and the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI). The session explores how evaluations, where the evaluand is not an environmental program, can take full account of the environment, drawing on practical experiences from the Footprint Evaluation project and considerations from non-environmental agencies.
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This paper documents a case study of using machine learning and meta-ethnography techniques to synthesise and draw lessons from 578 evaluations. This paper is part of the BetterEvaluation Innovation Working Paper series.
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This blog is a guest post from Gordon Otieno Wanzare, Board Chairperson, Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK). It was originally published on EvalForward's blog.  Evaluation use is a key issue for the evaluation community. The aim of evaluation is to be influential, so it should be of use to policymakers, programme developers, project planners and managers.

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Effective monitoring is essential for managing performance, however, despite this, monitoring is often undervalued and understood quite narrowly. While the term “Monitoring and Evaluation” (M&E) is widely used, the monitoring function has not always benefitted from the same level of investment, professionalization and systems strengthening as the evaluation function. Instead, the monitoring function is often relegated to or viewed as a lower-level, technical function.

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